Was back in my ayahuascabag a few weeks ago and here are some notes I jotted down while under the influence…
Shaman during his intro:
Icaros songs are Amazonian mantras. The vibrations of plant and mind are bridged together by the Icaros.
Ayahuasca is spiritual GPS.
Everyone has basements. Everyone has gardens. Clean your memories and turn the page.
Practice with self-love, compassion, and forgiveness.
Me during my trip:
Trips like these are how we check the “iPhone Settings” in our mind. Is your battery charged? Do you have enough storage? Do you need to update your apps…or delete some you never use?
Keep talking about what you love.
Religion to us: "I gave you a book of riddles. Go entertain yourselves. You love riddles."
David Bowie in the 70’s was a great teacher in compassion. What he did for Lou and Iggy during that period is astounding. He was the biggest star in the world and instead of merely basking in his own ego, he decided to shine his light on others he respected who needed that nourishment/shine.
How to do alchemy: Antennae up. Listen. Transcribe. Translate. Communicate.
We are all loops looking for hooks. Take your hooks wherever they come. And remember, sometimes hooks are hidden under the bar.
Joe Rogan was onto psychedelics and MMA years before they were popular. He was training for the future all along.
I put my bucket next to my notebook. But I do not vomit. And then it hits me: This notebook is my bucket. Thank you, notebooks. You hold so much for me.
If they wanted you to know, they wouldn’t be whispering.
Make your own percussion instruments. That way, you know what they’re made of and where they’ve been. Actually, that’s why you should make your own lots of things.
Parents: “I can’t sleep, my life is over, and I feel awful constantly. Also, it’s the best thing that ever happened to me. You should definitely do it.” I should? Because it sounds a lot like a cult.
[Reached end of the notebook after writing on only the right-side pages.] Now we just do it again, backwards.
Time just slipped into something real.
Your poem is in the way you keep showing up.
Women: Who are the men you want to see? What is the masculinity you want to see more of/are attracted to? Speak it aloud.
I’ve fallen in love with my notebook. Actually, I realized we’ve always been in love. “It was you all along.” These blank pages just keep coming. What a gift.
If you are going to be sad, at least be Jewish about it.
Short Jews with pens make up all the best heroes: Superman, Don Draper, Jesus, etc.
My greatest teachers were women and plants. They keep showing me things I missed.
Occasionally, a wealthy person will comment they’re jealous of my lifestyle. So maybe, in a way, I’m rich?
The funniest thing to little kids: peek-a-boo. It’s the first thing that makes them laugh. Hide-Show-Hide. It’s a magic formula. And it’s what the universe does to all of us. We’re not alive for so long and then PEEK-A-BOO YOU’RE ALIVE and then you go back to not being alive again. Hide-Show-Hide. What else can you do but laugh at it all?
Why is there so much drama in the world? Because we love drama.
Take success as an invitation to behave ethically and show others what to do when they achieve it. The humility of Leonard Cohen in concert is a great example. The way he thanked his band, the gratitude he showed the audience, etc. He was constantly teaching.
My final gift: We don’t have to talk about this anymore.
Related: The #1 question I get asked about ayahuasca
Another question: “Can you really write while doing it?” At the peak of the experience, no. But as the descent begins, I’m usually able to scribble notes in a way that’s comprehensible to me but looks like hieroglyphics to anyone else. Also, I just learned this about the Greek word hieroglyphics: "Hiero" means "holy" and "glyphics" means "marks" or "writings" - so the word means "holy writings."
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Thanks for reading.
Wikipedia: “Ayahuasca is a South American psychoactive and entheogenic brewed drink traditionally used both socially and as a ceremonial or shamanic spiritual medicine among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin, and more recently in Western society.”
Damn dude I feel like I got a contact high just reading these thank u for sharing I loved them. Reminds me of my acid scribbles